by T. Köhler
Welcome to Germany’s northern metropolis Hamburg. Germany’s second-largest city is home to one of the busiest European ports and has been maintaining trade relations with countries from all over the world for centuries.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of Germany’s 16 federal states: its status as a city-state has been retained for over 800 years. More than 5 million people live in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region; the city itself has roughly 1.8 million inhabitants.
The river Elbe and Hamburg's landmark, the St.Michaelis church ("Michel")
The fact that Hamburg is an economically high-performing area (in comparison to other European urban areas, the Hamburg ranks fourth in economic performance — after London, Luxembourg and Brussels) might have been one of the reasons why it was chosen to host the 2017 G20 summit.
Besides the Elbe river that connects the port with the North Sea, the Alster Lakes are a favorite site with residents and visitors for watersports, and its green areas provide welcomed possibilities for walking, relaxing and barbecuing. Everything else you might want to see in the area can be reached by foot or public transportation.
Hamburg's inner Alster Lake & city hall
With a mixture of historic and modern architecture, Hamburg is one of the most charming cities in Germany. More than six million visitors a year make Hamburg one of Germany’s most popular travel destinations.
Green lung: Planten un Blomen